July 2016 Issue Jones Act Eases Border Control Challenges

LIGHT OF WISDOM: Virtue appears from good deeds and wisdom appears from a pure and Peaceful Mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and guidance of virtue.
Gautama Buddha
MENTAL HEALTH: We readily go to the Health Club, when our Doctor suggests, but we regularly neglect the
‘mental health club’ that our well-being more truly requires. – Pico Iyer
This world of ours-must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. – Dwight D Eisenhower
A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but
an endless series of little details. Actions, speeches, and thoughts. – Swami Sivananda
True self- esteem comes from discovering that who you really are is infinite spirit, unbounded and eternal. Once you’ve awakened to your essential nature, you will let go of the ego’s struggle to build an external sense of self-worth. – Deepak Chopra
Before you speak, reflect: “This verbal act I want to perform-would it lead to self-affliction of others, or to both? Is it an unskillful verbal act, with painful consequences, painful results? – Gautama Buddha
EDUCATION is the manifestation of PERFECTION already in man” – SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
A scientist has to be neutral in his search for the truth, but he cannot be neutral as to the use of that truth when found. If you know more than other people, you have more responsibility, rather than less. – C P Snow

The Lexington Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, has releasedb a study stressing the critical role that the American maritime industry and the Jones Act play in strengthening U.S. border security and helping to prevent international terrorism.The study notes that since 9/11, the Jones Act has taken on new significance for national security, with the law playing a critical role in helping to secure the homeland from the threat of international terrorism.

Were the Jones Act not in existence, the Department of Homeland Security would be confronted by the difficult and costly requirement of monitoring , regulating and overseeing foreign-controlled, foreign crewed vessels in coastal and internal U.S. waters, states the study.

The current debate of enhancing U.S. border security has focused almost exclusively on illegal movement of people and drugs into the southern United States from Mexico. Yet, the southern land border is actually the smallest at 1,989 miles. The U.S. border with Canada is almost three times longer at 5,525 miles. The country’s land borders taken together are dwarfed by the 95,000 miles of national shoreline. This includes the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts as well as the Great Lakes separating the United States from Canada. Along this shoreline are many of America’s greatest cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia,
Charleston, Savannah, Miami and Tampa. Virtually all of these are associated with ports through which annually pass millions of cargo containers and hundreds of thousands of passengers.